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Illinois Attorney: Continuing Legal Education

Federal Fair Housing Act - A Practical Overview
(Online On-Demand Presentation)

Congress enacted the Fair Housing Act in 1968. The law was amended in 1988 to include protection for persons with disabilities and families with children and to expand enforcement mechanisms. Nonetheless, despite the presence of a strong federal law and many state laws of substantial equivalency, housing discrimination continues to be one of the major social problems in the United States.

In this presentation, Allison K. Bethel, Director of the Fair Housing Legal Clinic at The John Marshall Law School, will provide a practical overview of the Fair Housing Act as well as some Illinois state-specific protections.

TOPICS INCLUDE:
  • The histry of the Fair Housing Act
  • Unlawful practices under the Act
  • Protected classes
  • Covered properties
  • Exemptions under and enforcement of the Act
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Credit:
1.25 Hour(s) General
Tuition: $30.00

Faculty:

Allison Bethel earned her law degree from the University of Florida Levin College of Law, where she received numerous awards for advocacy. Ms. Bethel started her legal career in the private sector, specializing in civil trial work, including personal injury, commercial litigation, and condominium issues. In 1996, she joined the Florida Attorney General's Eminent Domain Division, representing the Florida Department of Transportation in million-dollar property acquisitions. In 1998, then Attorney General Robert Butterworth appointed Bethel assistant director of the Civil Rights Division and promoted her to director in 2000. After ten years in the Florida Attorney General’s Office, Bethel left and came back to Chicago to direct The John Marshall Law School’s Fair Housing Legal Clinic where she supervises students as they litigate fair housing cases.

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